THE HUFFINGTON POST
10 Insanely Detailed Drawings With One Foot In Reality And The Other In Our Dreams
By Priscilla Frank
Since the early days of The Huffington Post Arts & Culture page we’ve known one thing to be true: people love their hyperrealism. The demanding artistic style has tickled the eyes of many a reader with its devious ability to masquerade as a photograph despite its manmade origins. We’re well aware the genre requires time, patience and immense skill, yet we’re also mindful of the backlash against the technique — that it lacks creativity and originality.
Recently, we’ve noticed a surge of artists taking their hyperrealist talents to more surreal territories — and we couldn’t be happier. One of said artists is Melissa Cooke. The Brooklyn-based artist investigates the relationship between photography, performance and drawing in her images, conjuring visions that look even more lucid than reality itself. Cooke creates her drawing hybrids with powdered graphite, applying it with a thin brush rather than a pencil to avoid any heavy lines.
The result is absolutely mesmerizing.